George Hatcher Sunderland Polytechnic Wearmouth Hall 1976

George Hatcher Sunderland Polytechnic Wearmouth Hall 1976
georgeh George Hatcher and his band gigged quite a lot in the UK during the late 70s. I remember seeing them at this gig at Sunderland Poly Students Union, and also at the Reading festival in 1977 and supporting Dr Feelgood. My recollections are of a pretty hot southern rock band, who released a clutch of albums: Dr Run, Talking Turkey, and Rich Girl during the years 1976 to 1978. Although George is American he formed the band in the UK in the midst of punk and the NWOBHM, and did surprisingly well touring the UK and Europe, particularly given the musical climate at the time. The George Hatcher Band of that time consisted of George himself on vocals; John Thomas, guitar; Terry Slade, drummer; Steve wrenn, keyboards; Harris Jannou Bass; and Phillip Swan, guitar. They toured a lot; supporting AC/DC, Ted Nugent, The Kinks, Dr. Feelgood, and Supertramp along the way. In 1982 George returned to the USA and has toured there since, with some considerable success. I checked the George Hatcher band out, and they are still going strong, although the line-up has changed over the years, with only George remaining from the 70s. Its about time he returned to the UK for a tour.

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